So last weekend I decided to attempt to take some of those really cool sparkler photos you see on tumblr all the time. I had so much fun attempting to take these photos as well as experimenting with shapes and letters, to see what they would turn out like. 

All the photos turned out unique and different from each other and are all so Instagram worthy :) Prior to taking the pictures I looked up the best ways to capture the sparklers and get the best photo possible. So with this post I have decided to show you how to set up your DSLR camera (if you have one) and show you some of the cool pictures i captured. 

This is such a fun experience to do with your friends or family. To capture these photos i used my Canon 600D, settings for your camera may be different but i hope this helps. I hope this post is useful and you try taking your own sparkler pictures! Enjoy!

How to Set up/ take Sparkler photos:

1. Set your DSLR camera to 'Manual' 
2. Adjust the aperture to about 16 
3. Adjust the ISO to 1000 or anything around that ( i used an ISO of 1600)
4. Adjust the Shutter speed to about 3 or more seconds. I used 6 as it gave more time to move and design with the sparklers, experimenting with the shutter speed makes for a lot outcomes. 

5. Start taking some sparkler photos, when the photographer pushes down on the capture button, start moving your sparkler and creating the design you want - repeat doing your design until the camera makes another click noise to let you know the photo has been taken - this depends on how long you set your shutter speed to, I set mine to about 6 seconds to capture more movement. 

     Make sure that when you are doing letters or words that you do them backwards so when the photos is taken they are readable, As you can see above we did not do that. 

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   Kate xxx



    1 1/2 cups of milk
    1 egg
    2 teaspoons vanilla extract
    2 cups self-raising flour
    1/4 teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda
    1/3 cup caster sugar
    25g butter, melted - for frypan

    1. Mix milk, egg and vanilla together in a bowl or jug.
    2. Sift flour and bicarbonate of soda into a bowl, stir in sugar.
    3. Make a well in the centre, then add milk mixture and mix until just combined.
    4. Heat a large non-stick frypan over medium heat, and place some butter in it (optional)
    5. Place about 1/4 of a cup or as much as you want into fry pan and cook until bubbles start to appear and then flip
    6. Repeat Last step until you have used all of your batter

    Finish by adding some maple syrup, blueberries, banana or anything else you like to put on pancakes!

I hope you enjoyed this blog post! I have taken a little break from blogging but I'm back and since school holidays start on Wednesday ill have heaps of time to blog.
Kate xx